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By Trey McCurry.

Clemson (31-21) will host Furman (23-28) at 6:30PM on Tuesday night in the Tigers’ last home game of the regular season at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

The Series

Clemson and Furman have met 200 times on the diamond, with the Tigers holding a 139-57-4 lead in the series. The teams first met in 1896 (as Clemson’s first two games in school history) and have met at least once a season since 1983. Clemson defeated the Paladins 12-5 at Fluor Field earlier this season despite being outhit 15-11 and has won the past six meetings and eight of the past nine. All-time, the Tigers hold a 76-26-1 lead in games played at Clemson, including a 27-5 mark at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Jack Leggett is 49-12 all-time against the Paladins, going 20-5 at Clemson after going 29-7 against Furman while at Western Carolina.

The Paladins

Furman, led by 19th-year Head Coach Ron Smith, is a member of the Southern Conference. The Paladins are 23-28 (10-17 SoCon) on the season including a 9-14 mark away from home. Furman wraps up a five-game road swing tonight after dropping a series at The Citadel and a single game at South Carolina in the last week. The Paladins were picked to finish ninth in the SoCon in both the media and coaches polls and are coming off a 24-33 (13-16 SoCon) record in 2011.

On the season, the Paladins are hitting .283 as a team with 92 doubles, 12 triples, 32 homers, 75 stolen bases, 196 walks, 48 HBPs, and 348 strikeouts while averaging 5.6 runs per game. Senior Will Owens leads Furman at the plate batting .330 with 10 doubles, a triple, two homers, 29 RBI, and 42 runs. Senior Will Miller is hitting .309 with 12 doubles and is tied for a team-best 41 RBI along with team highs in homers (10), runs (48), and stolen bases (17). Junior Taylor Johnson is batting .299 with a team-leading 16 doubles while fellow junior Paul Nitto (who is out indefinitely with an injury) is tied for a team-best 41 RBI. Sophomore Hunter Burton has a team-best six triples and 14 stolen bases while junior Will Muzika has 15 stolen bases.

The Furman pitching staff has a 5.85 ERA this season allowing 532 hits (.295 opponents’ batting average) and 214 walks against 314 strikeouts in 454.0 innings. Senior Bobby Lyne is the team’s ace, going 5-5 with a 5.29 ERA in 12 starts with team-highs in wins and innings (68.0). Junior Nate Smith (4-5, 5.54 ERA) has a team-best 58 strikeouts in 65.0 innings. Freshman Elliott Warford (4-0, 3.70 ERA) is the team’s closer with seven saves in a team-leading 29 appearances.

The Tigers

Clemson enters the series 31-21 after taking two of three games from top-ranked Florida State at home this weekend. The Tigers are 20-14 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium this season, including 14-8 against non-conference opponents.

On the season, the Tigers are hitting .277 as a team with 83 doubles, 15 triples, 35 homers, 52 stolen bases, 229 walks, 41 HBPs, and 327 strikeouts while averaging 6.0 runs per game. Junior Richie Shaffer leads Clemson at the plate batting .350 and is the team’s top power threat, leading the squad in doubles (15), homers (10), and walks (49) along with 43 RBI, 42 runs, and seven stolen bases. Sophomore Steve Wilkerson is hitting .324 with 12 doubles, three triples, 29 RBI, and seven stolen bases while scoring a team-best 45 runs while redshirt junior Thomas Brittle is batting .321 with six doubles, two homers, and 33 RBI with a team-high eight triples and nine stolen bases. Senior Phil Pohl is batting .303 with a team-best 48 RBI and 12 hit-by-pitches along with ten doubles and seven homers while graduate Brad Felder has six homers and eight stolen bases.

The Clemson pitching staff has a 3.90 ERA this season allowing 497 hits (.272 opponents’ batting average) and 196 walks against 388 strikeouts in 478.0 innings. Junior Dominic Leone (6-3, 5.19 ERA) is one of three pitchers with six wins and leads the team in starts (13) and innings (67.2) while recording 53 strikeouts. Sophomore Kevin Pohle (6-2, 2.78 ERA) also has six wins and has 34 strikeouts in 64.2 innings. Freshman Daniel Gossett (6-2, 5.14 ERA) is the final pitcher with six wins and has also recorded two saves to go along with his team-best 66 strikeouts in 56.0 innings. Junior Jonathan Meyer (2-5, 4.36 ERA) has a save in a team-best 21 appearances while fellow junior Scott Firth (4-0, 2.32 ERA) has 39 strikeouts in 42.2 innings over 19 appearances. Firth, Gossett, sophomore Matt Campbell, redshirt sophomore Mike Kent, and freshman Patrick Andrews are all tied for the team lead in saves (2).

Projected Starting Lineups

Furman

C        #4 Zack Greenwell (FR/.175 BA with 8 RBI, 5 runs, 2 BBs, and 1 SB in 33 games in 2012)

1B      #23 Taylor Johnson (JR/.299 BA with 16 2Bs, 4 HRs, 24 RBI, & 40 runs in 49 games in 2012)

2B      #2 Will Muzika (JR/.285 BA with 12 2Bs, 1 3B, 2 HRs, & 26 RBI in 50 games in 2012)

SS      #1 Hunter Burton (SO/.275 BA with 11 2Bs, 6 3Bs, 13 RBI, & 14 SB in 50 games in 2012)

3B      #9 Alex Abrams (SO/.278 BA with 5 2Bs, 1 3B, 1 HR, & 15 RBI in 44 games in 2012)

LF      #44 Will Owens (SR/.330 BA with 10 2Bs, 1 3B, 2 HRs, & 29 RBI in 50 games in 2012)

CF      #20 Will Miller (SR/.309 BA with 12 2Bs, 10 HRs, 41 RBI, & 17 SB in 51 games in 2012)

RF     #24 Heath Burton (SO/.275 BA with 3 2Bs, 1 3B, 1 HR, & 4 RBI in 35 games in 2012)

DH     #27 Chris Ohmstede (FR/.275 BA with 7 2Bs, 6 HRs, 23 RBI, & 18 runs in 43 games in 2012)

 

Clemson

C        #22 Spencer Kieboom (JR/.261 BA with 7 2Bs, 3 HRs, 29 RBI, & 18 BBs in 47 games in 2012)

1B      #12 Jon McGibbon (SO/.233 BA with 5 2Bs, 1 3B, 2 HRs, & 24 RBI in 48 games in 2012)

2B      #17 Steve Wilkerson (SO/.324 BA with 12 2Bs, 3 3Bs, 20 RBI, & 45 runs in 49 games in 2012)

SS      #2 Jason Stolz (SR/.273 BA with 9 2Bs, 5 HRs, 21 RBI, & 28 runs in 52 games in 2012)

3B      #8 Richie Shaffer (JR/.350 BA with 16 2Bs, 2 3B, 10 HRs, & 43 RBI in 52 games in 2012)

LF      #1 Jay Baum (FR/.229 BA with 4 2Bs, 1 3B, 9 RBI, & 22 BBs in 44 games in 2012)

CF      #4 Thomas Brittle (*JR/.321 BA with 6 2Bs, 8 3Bs, 2 HRs, & 33 RBI in 47 games in 2012)

RF      #3 Brad Felder (GR/.252 BA with 6 2Bs, 6 HRs, 24 RBI, & 8 SB in 43 games in 2012)

DH     #9 Phil Pohl (SR/.303 BA with 10 2Bs, 7 HRs, 48 RBI, & 12 HBPs in 52 games in 2012)

 

Projected Starting Pitchers

Furman will start senior lefthander Stephen Gary. The Greenwood, SC native, will be making his first start of the season, is 3-0 with a 3.48 ERA in 28 relief appearances in 2012. In 31.0 innings, he has allowed 20 hits (.189 opponents’ batting average) and 24 walks against 24 strikeouts.

 

Clemson will counter with senior righthander David Haselden. The Spartanburg, SC native is 3-1 with a 3.23 ERA in 13 appearances (three starts) in 2012. In 30.2 innings, he has allowed 43 hits (.336 opponents’ batting average) and eight walks against 22 strikeouts.

 

Worth Noting

  • Clemson is 24-10 all-time on May 15, including a 4-1 mark at home.
  • This is the last of nine scheduled games against SoCon opponents in 2012. The Tigers are 5-3 so far against the SoCon this season, including 3-0 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
  • Clemson spent seven seasons on the diamond in the SoCon (1947-1953).
  • The Tigers are 488-159-6 all-time against teams currently in the SoCon.
  • Jack Leggett is 116-28 against current SoCon teams as Clemson’s head coach and 229-81 in his career against current SoCon teams as a head coach.
  • Thomas Brittle has reached base safely in 25 straight games.
  • Richie Shaffer has reached base via a hit or walk in 30 straight games.
  • Steve Wilkerson is on a 14-game hitting streak, has two four-hit games, 20 multi-hit contests, and had a 19-game hitting streak earlier in the year.
  • The two teams have played seven common opponents in 2012: College of Charleston, Elon, Georgia, Presbyterian College, South Carolina, Western Carolina, Winthrop. Clemson is 7-7 against the teams while Furman is 5-10.

 

Tiger Career Stats vs. Furman

Player                  AVG   G-S    AB     R       H       RBI   HR

Thomas Brittle        .750   1-1     4        4        3        0        0

Jay Baum                .500   1-1     4        0        2        1        0

Jon McGibbon         .429   3-1     7        3        3        5        1

Richie Shaffer         .333   5-5     18      7        6        1        0

Dominic Attanasio   .333   2-1     3        0        1        0        0

Jason Stolz             .318   7-5     22      2        7        6        0

Brad Felder             .250   1-1     4        0        1        2        0

Phil Pohl                .105   6-4     19      1        2        1        0

Spencer Kieboom    .000   3-3     9        0        0        0        0

Steve Wilkerson      .000   2-1     3        2        0        0        0

Mike Dunster          .000   1-1     2        0        0        0        0

Joe Costigan           .000   1-0     2        0        0        0        0

Garrett Boulware     .000   1-0     1        0        0        0        0

Tyler Slaton            .000   1-0     1        0        0        0        0

 

Player                  ERA   G-S    W-L   IP      H       ER     BB     SO

Joseph Moorefield   0.00   2-0     0-0     1.1     2        0        1        0

Matt Campbell *      0.00   1-0     0-0     1.2     0        0        3        1

Kevin Pohle            0.00   1-0     0-0     1.0     1        0        0        1

Scott Firth              1.00   2-1     2-0     9.0     9        1        1        8

David Haselden       1.35   2-1     2-0     6.2     8        1        2        9

Mike Kent *            2.25   1-0     0-0     4.0     5        1        0        3

Kevin Brady            2.70   1-1     1-0     3.1     3        1        0        1

Jonathan Meyer *    4.26   3-1     0-0     6.1     7        3        0        2

* has one save

 

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